The wait is over, easily one of the best artists to come out of Toronto has finally released his full-length debut mixtape Marauding In Paradise. Jazz Cartier is known for his musical versatility. He provides a sound that almost any avid music listener can relate too. From alternative electronic Toro Y Moi instrumentals and lush ambient ballads to high-energy club bangers, Jazz truly has a gift for blending the distinctive concepts to create a cohesive and fluid project. The overall production on the mixtape displays a perfected Toronto sound. Executive producer Lantz exercises his talent to create modern, diverse, and relevant instrumentals that elevate the potential of Jazz’s vision and creativity. The mixture of unique 808s, highly manipulated samples, and various electronic influences help craft a multi dimensional production, revealing a pleasing maturity to Jazz’s performance; a good example is the opening medley “Guardian Angel”. Most importantly, they’re chemistry encapsulated exactly what Hip Hop should be all about, which is music that gives the listener confidence, excitement, motivation, relation, and a voice.
Conceptually, this mixtape needs multiple attentive listens to fully comprehend. Jazz Cartier is not just rapping he’s full out preaching, particularly about fair warnings and his determined mindset take over the industry. Many references to religion, mythology, and a deteriorating relationship construct an odd combination of themes. However just like the sound, Jazz’s broad esoteric lyricism blends together like a well written narrative. Everything about Marauding In Paradise” is meticulously thought out, strategic, and it has a high replay value. Its truly quality at its finest. The release of this mixtape proves its now Toronto’s time and for the other aspiring rappers from the city this is the new standard.
Some of my Favourite tracks: Guardian Angel, The Valley, The Downtown Cliche, Forever Ready/Band On A Bible. Show your support to this incredible artist in the comment section below.
Download: Jazz Cartier – “Marauding In Paradise”
The boy keeps doing it. A couple of weeks ago we thought there would be a mixtape dropping and it turns out to be an LP titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Features include Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Travi$ Scott. Let me know what you think!
In just two days, London’s own – Kehmak (part of Treetop Ent) drops his debut album, Revenge of the Nerds. His album release party is this Thursday also! With some you’ve heard, like “Good Ol’ Days” and “On My Nuts”, “Day or Night” and “Bright Lights” – there’s some new tunes on here that will blow your mind. Having the opportunity to take an early listen I can vouch. You can pre-order the album now for only $5. Also hard copies are available to be sent anywhere in the world! You get an early previous of the bonus song, “I’m Done” right now, with download if you purchase. Let me know what you think, because I guarantee you’ll be wanting more!
1. Time Warp
2. Revenge Of The Nerds feat. Casper The Ghost
3. Samuel L. Jackson
4. World Go ‘Round feat. Culture
5. Can’t Believe That It’s Real
6. On My Nuts feat. TreeTop (Culture, TT Lo, & Casper The Ghost)
7. Bright Lights feat. Maverick Judson
8. Day Or Night feat. Haviah Mighty
9. Here To Party feat. Culture, TT Lo, & Maverick Judson
10. Kam Drake feat. KyleKanevil
11. Count On Me feat. Bronson Deagle & Leanne Mayer
12. The Good Ol’ Days
13. I’m Done (Bonus Track)
La Flame. GOOD Music’s very own, Travi$ Scott has released his highly anticipated new project titled Days Before Rodeo. The 12-song offering features a star-studded lineup of artists including Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Big Sean, T.I., and more. Meanwhile, Boi-1da, Metro Boomin, Lex Luger, WondaGurl, and DJ Dahi among others handle the production. Stream Travis Scott’s free LP and watch a brand new video for “Don’t Play” below.
“In parapsychology and many forms of spiritual practice, an aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object (like the halo or aureola in religious art). The depiction of such an aura often connotes a person of particular power or holiness. It is said that all living things (including humans) and all objects manifest such an aura. Often it is held to be perceptible, whether spontaneously or with practice: such perception is at times linked with the third eye of Indian spirituality. It has also been described as a map of the thoughts and feelings surrounding a person.”
- Bowers, Barbara, Ph.D: What Color Is Your Aura? Personality Spectrums for Understanding and Growth – 1989
You can interpret the meaning AuRA however you choose to look at it. For SeT, it’s the power of harnessing the power of positive energy, coinciding with the negative energy. You can’t have the good, without the bad. His named derived from the Egyptian God, SeT. Who was employed by Ra, as the God of Chaos. Outgoing, philosophical,intellectual and innovative, SeT embodies the traits of the Egyptian God, based on his fascination with Egyptian mythology. Having a long line of talented musicians in his family, it’s almost as if SeT was born to pursue music. Sit down and speak with him for twenty minutes, you’ll see he is no ordinary rapper. The thought process he has about everything is on another level. From the energy we give off, to any topic at hand. AuRA, a 10 track LP from SmashMouth Music Group’s own, speaks volumes on quality over quantity. One song in and you can feel the presence SeT gives on the mic. A heavy one. He’s no newbie to making music and gives you an almost, tell-all with AuRA. Putting his life on the line in pursuit of something that means everything to him. There’s hidden meaning, with unconcealed truth all throughout the album. Having sat on it since it came out, taking it in slowly, I found the power of the music SeT provides on this is impeccable. Mood music for the soul. Take in SeT’s album AuRA as we go on a track by track break down.
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Last week, we posted a video interview titled Who Is SeT? which gave an in-depth look into one of SmashMouth Entertainment’s newest signees, SeT. Since then, the Toronto emcee has released his debut LP, AuRA. The 10-track project includes features from Tray, Terrell Morris, AJ Cooper, and Haviah Mighty while production is handled by Tay Lewis, AJ Cooper, MMac, and LEF7Y among others. As soon as you press play, you’ll be able to tell that SeT is unlike the majority of artists today, consistently offering diverse material, expressing himself through an evident passion for music. However, don’t take our word for it. Stream/download AuRA below.
Download: SeT – “AuRA”
The wait is finally over as Scarborough’s APB release their latest project, Egos & Expectations. The 10-track offering features singles such as “Harvest” and “Some Say” with production from KMS and Spinz Beats. In addition, the mixtape also comes with a digital booklet for your viewing please. Stream below and be sure to purchase the album on iTunes. Make sure to check out our podcast with The Airplane Boys when we caught up with them at CMW and visit The Airplane Boys website for the full experience.
Egos And Expectations is a collection of stories and sounds created in our childhood friend’s basement in Scarborough. Story-wise, we drew from our real life experiences balancing our love in relationship with others, as well as this music industry, but more importantly our love for ourselves. Toronto is known as a melting pot for many cultures, so we wanted to be as diverse and use as many colours as possible with our soundscape. We take pride in collecting sounds during our travels. Some of the drums give off that tribal feel – African inspired, while some of the synths on this record derive from video game sounds from arcades we went to in Japan. The melodies are stenciled by 90’s Pop/R&B, the bass lines bounce with the funk and grooves we grew up on, and of course the storytelling takes the driver seat with smooth, rhythmic wordplay. We wanted to be ambitious with our approach, and that crafted this raw rebellious sound. Thank you for your love, support, and patience.